Some of us are prone to overeating at parties and especially during the holiday season. It is difficult to control the temptation when mouthwatering food dishes are placed in front of you. In such circumstances, what is the best way to curb your temptations? Indulge in appeteasers.
But, what are appeteasers? According to the Urban Dictionary, “appeteasers are itty-bitty snacks.” That’s right, appeteasers are a bit like tapas if you will. They are finger foods that help you avoid overeating. So, here are seven delicious appeteasers that you will eat but won’t overeat.
Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bites
Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, this ooey-gooey appeteaser has it all. And, the best part is that it is healthy. But, that doesn’t mean it compromises on taste. Garlic powder, fresh dill, and green onion give it a finger-licking flavour and an irresistible aroma. And, Zucchini absorbs all these flavours delicately. Cheddar cheese adds some more flavour along with the ooey-gooey texture. Serve these itty-bitty bites with some ranch dressing. Eating smaller portions of these bites will trick your mind into thinking that you have eaten enough.
Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
What can beat an appeteaser that requires only three ingredients? Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts satiate the taste buds without affecting the health. And, they are super easy to make with just three ingredients involved. Wash and pat dry the Brussel sprouts. Lay down the long strips of bacon. Place a Brussel sprout at one end and start rolling it until you reach the other end. Basically, wrap the bacon around the sprouts, place them on a baking tray, sprinkle some black pepper and bake them for 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick when they are ready. Quick, simple, delicious and healthy.
Cheddar Basil Bites
Now an appeteaser for the Ketogenic diet followers. This salty and cheesy snack is packed with flavours minus the carbs. So, you can munch on them without the fear of overeating. They are a healthier alternative to cheese crackers you come across in the supermarkets. Butter and heavy whipping cream give them the desired softness while cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese and fresh basil impart elegant flavours. They are quick to prepare with only 12 minutes of baking required.
Apple And Blue Cheese Spread
You can invent new appeteasers at home by adding toppings to the aforementioned Cheddar Basil Bites or serving different dressings with them. Apple and blue cheese spread is one such sidekick that will give your crackers added jazz. It is simple to make and easy to savour. Mix fat-free cream cheese, sour cream, finely chopped apple, crumbled blue cheese, finely chopped onions and some toasted pecans for crunchiness. Sample its impeccable flavours after two hours of refrigeration. Serve it on the side and see how it curbs overeating.
Chicken And Avocado Salad
Another one for the Keto fans, this Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro has no gluten and is low-glycemic. Shredded chicken gives this salad protein while avocados impart soft flavours along with the silky buttery texture. The aromas, visual appeal and herbal flavours come from sliced green onions and chopped cilantro. Freshly squeezed lime juice and mayo turn the salad into a complete package of flavours that your friends and family will eat heartily. Its hearty flavours satisfy you quickly and prevent overeating.
Roasted Red Pepper With Pesto And Goat Cheese
The vibrant red of the pepper, the eclectic taste of goat cheese and the Mediterranean aromas of pesto, this appeteaser is a treat for different senses. Cut the peppers in half and deseed them. Pour a decent amount of pesto, balsamic vinegar and olive oil over them. Toss them so that they are evenly coated. Line them up on a baking tray and bake them for 15 minutes. Take them out and add goat cheese to the inside halves. Bake for another five minutes. Sprinkle some black pepper or oregano before indulging in this mesmerizing appeteaser. It quickly satisfies different senses thus preventing overeating.
Chili Chicken Appeteasers
Now, we will travel from the Mediterranean to the Far East with our next appeteaser. Chili Chicken is a harmonious low-calorie marriage of the sweetness of peaches, the spiciness of Thai chilli-garlic sauce and chicken. Cut the peaches into quarters, remove the pits and take out some of the fruit. Chop the scooped-out portion and mix it with shredded chicken, Thai chilli-garlic sauce and some fresh cilantro. Now, add this mix to the peach quarters and serve. The rich sweetness of peaches and protein-rich chicken satisfies your hunger faster.
These mouthwatering appeteasers will surely put a hold on overeating. Do drop a comment below and tell us about your experiences with them.